With some snow in the air and a bit of white on the ground, it is getting easier to think about winter than on those bright, sunny, 60-degree days we had the privilege of enjoying this fall.
On the Nordic front, the two Stowe Nordic Outing Club (SNOC) Friday afternoon programs started on Oct. 11, but still can be joined. The women’s group, led by Trina Hosmer, meets at the Stowe Mountain Resort Cross Country Center, and the men’s group, led by myself, Dave Hosmer, meets at the Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center, both at 3 p.m.
The goal of both programs is to improve skiing technique. Equipment, waxing and general ski maintenance are discussed throughout the program. Visit the Club Activities link at stowenordic.org for program details.
This coming Saturday, the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum opens Kick and Glide, a year-long exhibit on Vermont’s Nordic skiing heritage. The program runs from noon to 5 p.m. Visit vtssm.com/events for details.
It will likely come as a surprise to most readers that Vermont has produced more Nordic than alpine Olympians. The exhibit committee volunteers (Rob Center, Jim Fredericks, Jim Galanes, Poppy Gall, Trina Hosmer and others) have invited many of these Olympians to attend the opening reception Saturday. Stop by, check out the displays and rub elbows with some former Nordic stars. Another opportunity to socialize with the Olympians is at a reception at Trapp Family Lodge, starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
I would like to introduce committee member Jim Galanes, to the Stowe community. Jim is originally from Brattleboro, where his father ran Galanes’ Sport Shop for years. Jim and his brother Joe, a University of Vermont star, were part of the Putney Nordic dynasty of the mid 1970s to mid ’80s. Jim was on three Olympic teams and coached with the U.S. Nordic Ski team from 1985 to 1991. Following that, he was the founder of the APU Nordic juggernaut in Anchorage. Jim may be one of the most knowledgeable persons in the country on any aspect of Nordic skiing.
A number of Nordic events will be held in Stowe this winter, and one deserves special mention. The USSA Junior National Nordic Ski Championships (JN2014) will be held at Trapp Family Lodge from March 1 to 8, 2014. This is the largest Nordic ski event in the United States. The committee expects more than 500 racers to attend, coming from all corners of the country. The JN2014 Organizing Committee, co-chaired by Kristina Frame and Carol Van Dyke, is hard at work planning the details of the event. The competition website is jn2014stowe.com.
The US Nordic Ski Team was announced this past week and four Vermonters are among the 11 named. Andy Newell (Shaftsbury and Stratton’s post-graduate T2 Team), Liz Stephen (East Montpelier) and Ida Sargent (Orleans and Craftsbury’s post-graduate Green Team) are on the A-team, and Sophie Caldwell (Peru and Stratton T2 Team) is on the B-Team. Two other athletes, Jessica Diggins (A-Team) and Simi Hamilton (B-Team) train in Vermont as members of the Stratton T2 team.
Unfortunately, I have to end on a sad note. Mike Gallagher, one of Vermont’s most decorated Nordic skiers, died on Oct. 3, his 72nd birthday. A celebration of his life will be held at noon on Sunday, Nov. 3, at his home in Pittsfield. Go to fasterskier.com/article/mike-gallagher-a-celebration-of-a-life-lived-large for a full obituary.
Dave Hosmer of Stowe is a Nordic and alpine skier who teaches and coaches cross-country skiing.